Maharashtra has been witnessing a low number of Covid-19 cases for over two months. For 25 consecutive days, there have been less than 5,000 cases. As of Wednesday, the case tally stood at 1,925,066 and death toll reached 49,373.
The state government had, on December 22, imposed a seven-hour night curfew from December 22 till January 5 in all urban areas governed by 27 municipal corporations, and empowered districts collectors to impose similar restrictions in rural areas if they deemed fit.
The government urged citizens to stay at home while welcoming the new year on December 31 and January 1 and avoid crowding in public places, especially on seashores, in gardens and on roads. It has also started quarantining all travellers coming from Europe, Middle East and South Africa for seven days as a precautionary measure in view of the mutated strain of the coronavirus being discovered in the UK.
DoT may have Rs 3,050 crore ‘good news’ for Airtel, Vodafone in Reliance Jio call failure case: Things to know
Department of Telecom (DoT) may soon have good news for Airtel and Vodafone-Idea (now Vi). The department is likely to waive Rs 3,050 crore fine imposed on the two telecom companies as per a report in Financial Express. Here’s what reportedly may prompt the move and more…
Stocks in the news | SBI, Paisalo Digital, UPL, Jindal Steel & Power, APL Apollo Tubes, IIFL Securities
Pritish Nandy Communications, Snowman Logistics, Acrysil, CARE Ratings, NDTV, IFGL Refractories, Jindal Stainless Hisar, Lincoln Pharmaceuticals, Mayur Uniquoters, Hi-Klass Trading and Investment, are also among the stocks in focus today.
Mumbai man booked for ‘raping’ friend’s wife at his behest gets bail
HC says not clear which incident he was involved in, belated complaint.
THE BOMBAY High Court granted bail to a man booked for allegedly having ual relations with a woman and raping her at the behest of her husband working in Merchant Navy and other offences under the Information Technology Act. Though the woman identified the man, he was granted bail on the grounds that it was not clear when he had a physical relationship with her as the act was done on the prompting of the husband.
A single-judge bench of Justice Prakash D Naik on December 21 passed the order on the bail plea by the accused, booked under sections 376D (gangrape) and 377 (unnatural offences) of the IPC and Section 66E (violation of privacy) of the IT Act. He was arrested on June 18, last year.
The man was accused of raping the woman between 2015 and 2018 and was arrested as a result of an investigation into the woman’s complaint that she was forced by her husband to have ual relations with other men in his presence.
According to the complaint, she was married to a man working in Merchant Navy and the couple was living separately since September 6, 2015. She alleged that in 2015, when her husband returned from ship, he invited a couple to their house and after consuming alcohol, the husband’s friend ually assaulted her.
The next day, the complainant’s husband told her that he recorded the act and asked his friend to have with her. Similar incidents took place thereafter in 2016 and 2018 at the husband’s behest. The husband, the prime accused, threatened the woman that he would post the video online that forced her to comply.
Advocate Anjali Patil for the applicant submitted that though the incidents took place between 2015 and 2018, there was an inordinate delay in registering an FIR in 2019 and there was no explanation for it. She further submitted that though the complainant identified her client through the identification parade, a vague role was attributed to him and, therefore, offence under Section 376 of the IPC cannot be levelled against him.
The bench observed, “Although the applicant has been identified, it is not clear as to in which incident he is involved. The complaint was lodged belatedly. Prima facie it appears that Section 376 may not be attracted against the applicant. Since the trial is pending, giving such a finding is not warranted. The applicant is in custody for a period of about one-and-a-half years. Hence, a case for grant of bail is made out.”
Hyderabad: Human skull, bones found on building roof
HYDERABAD: A human skull and a few bones were found in a heap of mud on top of a multi-storeyed commercial building at AS Rao Nagar on Tuesday.
The incident took place on the terrace of Vertex building at AS Rao Nagar when workers were removing a heap of construction debris. “There is a junior college on the fourth floor of the building and to prevent students from going to the terrace, the terrace gate was always locked. On Tuesday, labourers were sent to remove construction debris and clear a water leakage problem. We have sent the findings to forensic lab,” Kushaiguda inspector A Man Mohan said. A case was registered.
Coronavirus India Live Updates: Maharashtra government extends lockdown restrictions till Jan 31
Coronavirus India Live News Updates: India, meanwhile, extended a temporary ban on UK-India flights till January 7, after which “strict-regulated” resumption will take place.
Coronavirus India Live Updates: The United Kingdom on Wednesday approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, even as it battles a major winter surge in cases driven by a new, highly contagious variant of coronavirus.
“The government has today accepted the recommendation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to authorise Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for use,” the health ministry said, Reuters reported.
India, meanwhile, extended a temporary ban on UK-India flights till January 7, after which “strict-regulated” resumption will take place. The Civil Aviation Ministry had suspended all flights between UK and India from December 23 to December 31 over the detection of a mutated variant of coronavirus.
India has recorded 14 fresh cases of new coronavirus mutant strain first reported in the United Kingdom in September, taking the total number of cases to 20, news agency PTI reported. The tally includes six people who were found positive for the new virus strain on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, India reported 20,550 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total tally to 1,02,44,853, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. With 286 deaths in the past 24 hours, the overall death toll rose to 1,48,439. While there are 2,62,272 active cases in the country, as many as 98,34,141 people have recovered from the disease.
Explained |The mutation of viruses, and the coronavirus mutant in the UK
Meanwhile, the country’s top government medical experts Tuesday reassured that vaccines developed against the novel coronavirus would remain effective despite the emergence of the new, more contagious strain in the United Kingdom. However, they cautioned that injudicious use of unproven therapies against Covid-19 puts “immune pressure” on the virus, which can lead to mutations.
Income tax return filing due date: Will Nirmala Sitharaman extend ITR last date/deadline for tax payers?
Income tax return filing due date: Will Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman extend Income Tax Return (ITR) filing last date for tax payers?
Income tax return filing due date: Will Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman extend Income Tax Return (ITR) filing last date for tax payers? Direct tax professionals have sought extension for tax audit report, income tax returns for audit cases and time limit for AGMs in the wake of the ongoing pandemic scenario. The Direct Taxes Professionals Association (DTPA) has urged Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for extension of date of furnishing of tax audit report under section 44AB to February 28 and the due date of filing of income tax returns of assessment year 2020–21 in audit cases to March, 31, 2021.
Due to the corona pandemic normalcy in operations is yet to set in. Even many professionals as well as their staff have suffered infection from COVID-19. Therefore, there is need for extension of dates for furnishing tax audit reports and ITRs, DTPA president N K Goyal said in their recent submission to the government, as per a report in PTI.
“Out of 5.25 crore assessees some 3.75 crore, including individuals have already filed returns. The remaining are mostly firms and corporates where tax audit is required and there is a demand for extension, DTPA chairman (PR and representation committee) Narayan Jain had said. The individual ITR deadline is December 31, he said, as per the report.
Vivad se Vishwas
The professionals body also sought for extension of date for filing declaration under Vivad se Vishwas (VSV) scheme from December 31, 2020 to February 28, 2021. The government had introduced the VSV scheme to settle tax dispute cases of taxpayers in the pandemic period.